Magazine article Screen International

Czechs Enter Burning Bush to Oscars

Magazine article Screen International

Czechs Enter Burning Bush to Oscars

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Agnieska Holland's feature centres on a student in Prague who set himself on fire in the name of freedom.

Agnieska Holland's Burning Bush has been chosen as the official entry of the Czech Republic for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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INTERVIEW: Agnieska Holland on Burning Bush

The Czech Film and Television Academy have selected the film for submission, which was produced by HBO Europe and directed by Holland from a script by Stepan Hulik.

Burning Bush is the story of Jan Palach, a young student at Charles University in Prague, who set fire to himself in the Czech capital's Wenceslas Square in January 1969, the year following the Prague Spring, making thesacrifice in the name of freedom; and the legal fight by his family to clear his name in the face of the oppressive communist propaganda machine. …

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